I run competitively in this extreme sport. Running and living a healthy lifestyle today is not only a way of life for me, but also a growing passion and I have an immense respect for active lifestyles.
I have a deep commitment to the sport that goes beyond my desire to compete. Mine is an inspirational story to tell about overcoming adversity, the importance of perseverance and beating the odds.
I was in a near fatal car crash when I was 16 years old. My best friend lost his life and mine was nearly lost when I lingered in a coma for over 17 days. I also suffered paralysis on my left side, as well as multiple fractures. I awoke on that seventeenth day. I have never stopped running nor given up, despite facing the biggest challenge of my life.
The support of my family, pure tenacity, courage, inner strength and faith helped my recovery process. However, as only those who have had a personal experience with this type of trauma would truly understand, the road to recovery is long and arduous… physically, mentally and emotionally. As the impact is life long, my passion for running has been a beacon and has helped me deal with moments of self-doubt and despair.
I was born in Williams Lake and grew up in Prince George & Penticton, BC. I also lived in Victoria for several years, attaining my hairdressing licence and working as a hairdresser. After my accident, my desire to see the world, experience new things, and to be honest, to escape from the reality of my life at the time, led me to travel extensively for several years including backpacking through Europe, working in a pub in Northern Ireland, teaching conversational English in Latvia and Estonia. As well, I spent time in Australia picking up odd jobs to support my travels including working as a hairdresser in Byron Bay, working in a pineapple factory in Brisbane and assisting in setting up for stock car races in Surfer’s Paradise. I also spent some time in parts of Asia, as well as New Zealand and Fiji. I was lucky to have been invited to stay with a Fijian family while I was there.
I am an optimist and I have a strong constitution. My love of running and desire to compete, has led me to a new, exciting and very positive chapter in my life.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.